WeColonel Terrence Adamsbster University’s Math and Computer Science Department hosted the Scott Air Force Base Air Mobility Command’s Communications Directorate senior staff, Monday, August 13.  Led by Colonel Terrence Adams, the discuss focused on the MS, BS and certificate programs in Cybersecurity offered by the university as well as Air Force internship opportunities.

The day included a visit by Webster University President Beth Stroble, Walker School of Business and Technology Dean Simone Cummings, department chair Martha Smith, Scott AFB Campus Director Susan Shultz, and cybersecurity faculty members Paul Frazier and James Curtis.  The team provided an overview of the different cyber degree and certificate programs, as well as new courses and upcoming improvements to the curriculum as the staff continues to adjust to the cybersecurity threat and evolving technologies.  The Air Force team also used the visit to Webster’s main campus as an off-site planning opportunity for upcoming Air Mobility Command initiatives.

 

Teaching Human Resources Management: An Experiential ApproachCongratulations to Dr. Julie (J.P.) Palmer, associate professor of human resources in the Walker School of Business & Technology. Dr. Palmer contributed 2 cases to the recently published book, Teaching Human Resource Management; An Experiential Approach,  Edited by Suzanne C. de Janasz and Joanna Crossman. Dr. Palmer’s cases include:

  • Performance-App:  Who to Hire?
  • Performance Evaluation Exercise/Role Play

Teaching Human Resource Management; An Experiential Approach, was inspired by the success of professional development workshops on experiential learning in human resource management held at the Academy of Management Conference. Each year for the past five years, presenters brought their “tried and tested” experiential learning activities to share with academics and practitioners who are looking to expand their repertoire of experiential activities.  This text allows instructors to take advantage of a wide range of “ready-to-go” exercises that have evidence behind them.  The book fills an important gap, by providing practical examples of experiential learning in human resource management.

Dr. J.P. Palmer at the 2018 AOM Conference

Dr. J.P. Palmer at the 2018 Academy of Management Conference with the book she contributed cases to.

Dr. Palmer attended the AOM Conference this year in Chicago, where she participated in the presentation that served as a base for the book. Faculty looking for great experiential exercises were invited to “taste” three new-to-you exercises/activities/simulations presented by 25 faculty/HR professionals who teach all over the world.  The innovative session allowed participants to leave with everything needed to immediately use these exercises in the classroom or training.  Participants were able to purchase Teaching HR: An Experiential Approach at a  deeply discounted conference price offered by publisher Edward Elgar.

Devin Gates, Walker School MBA student and Project Manager for Paric Corporation.

Devin Gates has many exceptional traits, one being a vision for success. He is a veteran, father of two, and current Walker School MBA Student.  Devin also helped build Browning Hall while simultaneously pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree at the Walker School.  Recently, he received the “40 Under 40” award by the St. Louis Business Journal.  This prestigious award, granted to 40 awardees under the age of 40 each year, recognizes outstanding professional success and exceptional contributions to the community.

A career in construction came naturally to Devin.  He grew up around the industry with his father, who owned a small residency construction business. He eventually joined the army as a combat engineer, where he gained knowledge in a new type of construction, working mainly on explosives.

Devin’s plans for the future were not specific, but his skills and inclinations formed a clear path.  While studying at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, he was on the fence about majoring in civil engineering or construction.  He ultimately earned an undergraduate degree in construction in order to have more versatility in his career than a traditional desk job would offer. Today, he combines his vision and ability to create into a job that has allowed him to play a significant role on over 10 major construction projects in multiple states.

In 2016, Devin started working for PARIC Corporation, a top St. Louis general contractor, as a Senior Project Engineer until he was promoted to Project Manager in 2017.  Devin’s transformation of a 100-year-old Missouri theater into a hotel, in addition to his numerous other accomplishments at PARIC, led to his nomination for the 40 Under 40 award.

It was a new challenge for Devin; up until that assignment, he had only built buildings from scratch. Since construction standards and methods change over time, the renovation was “full of surprises” that required serious problem solving skills and a strong vision.  The building is now successfully operational as a hotel and Devin’s outstanding leadership set him apart from over 500 nominations and led to his induction into the respected class of 2018’s 40 Under 40.

Devin also played an instrumental role in completing a $44 million dollar project, and the newest addition to Webster University’s home campus, Browning Hall. He had been considering furthering his education, especially at Webster University, and describes the moment when he was assigned to the job that was footsteps away from potential night classes as “destiny.”

Browning Hall at the Webster University home campus.

Browning Hall under construction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The decision to pursue a master’s degree while also juggling work projects and a family is an accomplishment soon to be solidified by his December 2018 graduation.  Devin’s desire to expand his business knowledge directed him to pursue an all-encompassing MBA program.  His studies have allowed him to cover subjects like economics and finance, information that has given him a better understanding of new aspects of his work and will be beneficial to his career.

Devin signed the final beam as a Webster University student and Paric project manager.

“I thought it was cool because I’m getting to give to the University and take away from the University at the same time.  I’m able to contribute to a very long-lasting landmark on the campus.  But at the same time, I’m taking away an education, so I learned a lot of life lessons as well.  It’s a nice relationship.” Devin had the honor of signing the structure’s final beam at Webster’s “Topping Out” ceremony as both a PARIC project manager and a Webster University student.

With a natural talent for creating, leadership skills, and a big heart, Devin has excelled not only at Webster University but also in his community. Devin is involved with several community organizations including Habitat for Humanity, the AGC Construction Leadership Council, Engineers without Borders, and Team River Runner. Because of his work in the military, Devin is very passionate about helping veterans through rehabilitation.

“Team River Runner is a really cool program where we help disabled veterans with rehabilitation through kayaking.  We start out by helping these disabled vets kayak in a medical pool at the VA hospital, and as they become more comfortable we take them out on lakes, rivers and eventually, the ones who are ready and interested, we work them up to big white-water trips.  We’ve got guys that are amputees, deaf, blind, people with unseen injuries, etc., and we all just work together.  We make it work.  We fabricate the boats if we need them to be different to account for their disability or we’ll send people down the river in groups so that we can help each other out. It’s great stuff.”

Finally, when asked what advice he would give to current students, he said, “Don’t hesitate to reach out to the people at Webster. They’re small classes and teachers are always eager to build personal relationships.  I’ve never not had a professor that was not only willing but happy to help out after hours and give additional help as needed.”

On behalf of the Walker School, we congratulate Devin for his success so far, and for the success that we know will fill his future.

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New Walker School Department of Management Chair

On April 23, 2018, in Announcements, by Walker News

Eric Rhiney, PhD

The George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology is pleased to announce that faculty of the Department of Management have elected Dr. Eric Rhiney as the next department chair. Rhiney, associate professor of marketing, will begin leading the department on June 1, 2018.

As a graduate of Webster University and the Walker School, Rhiney has a high level of affinity for both. As chair, he wants to facilitate improvements to programs, department/school culture, and the university in ways that transform student experiences and learning. He looks forward to creating collaborative efforts across departments and schools in ways that leverage unique expertise.

“Eric Rhiney is an excellent faculty member and I look forward to working with him during his tenure as chair,” says Dr. Simone Cummings, dean of the Walker School. “He is a collegial and dynamic leader, and this new opportunity will allow him to further his engagement in the enhancement of academic programs across the Department of Management.”

Rhiney holds a BSBA with an emphasis in marketing from the University of Central Missouri, an MBA from Webster University and a PhD in International Business & Marketing from Saint Louis University. While he has taught many of the marketing courses offered within the Walker School, his primary focus is on marketing research, marketing strategy, and digital marketing. Rhiney also teaches survey design in the Doctor of Management program.

In addition to teaching, Eric has numerous research interests including digital marketing, cross-cultural marketing, marketing pedagogy and branding. He has presented his research at a number of prestigious conferences including the American Marketing Association Academic Conference, the Cross Cultural Research Conference and the Academy of International Business.

Please join us in congratulating Eric Rhiney on his new role.

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Student Spotlight: Dipti Pathre

On April 17, 2018, in Student Profile, Uncategorized, by Walker News

Dipti with Dean Simone Cummings and fellow members of Viva the Yoga.

“My parents always say that unless you step out of your comfort zone and try new things, you will not realize what limits you can conquer, but make sure you always remain grounded so that you can think rationally in any given situation. Your attitude always defines your altitude.” – Dipti Pathre.

 

Dipti Pathre is excited to walk across the graduation stage to receive a diploma in Masters in Forensic Accounting this May. To get to this point, she traveled across the world to pursue a degree that would allow her to follow her passion. Dipti has worked hard, shown leadership, and contributed to so many students’ experiences at Webster. The Walker School is proud to share her story in this Student Spotlight.

In India, Dipti’s career ambitions led her to approach the National Defense Academy to join the Indian Air Force in aeronautics. While the Academy was impressed, she was turned away due to her inability to meet the education requirements. Dipti used this minor setback as motivation to always use education as an asset to propel her to achieve her goals.

After earning a professional certification in Chartered Accountancy (CA) from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India along with an undergraduate degree from the University of Mumbai, Dipti felt she was far better situated to apply for a challenging job. Dipti applied her education to a four-year internship with Ketan C Kothari & Co. Accounting Firm. While working at the firm, Dipti learned about various industries such as banking, manufacturing, retail, and banking depository services.  She enjoyed what she was doing, but was still in search of her calling. In her next job at RSM Astute Consulting Services Limited, Dipti was placed on an internal audit project that allowed her to trace red flags missed by Human Resources. The project was a pivotal point in her career, as she finally found her passion for fraud investigation.

Dipti expanded her skills working on fraud investigations at Axis Risk Consulting Services Private Limited – A Genpact Co.  This experience inspired her to go back to school. Because India did not offer the type of degree that she desired, she was led to Webster University, the only school in the United States that offers a MS Degree entirely in Forensic Accounting. She made the decision to move across the world, and start a new journey at the Walker School. The move also had an incentive, she would be closer to her brother, who was already living in the United States.

Dipti celebrating with friends in a traditional India sari.

The move to a new country, in conjunction with starting school again, was a very stressful experience that she remembers clearly. In her traditional fashion, she did not allow her nerves to prevent her from getting involved and making the most of her time at Webster University. Dipti excelled at finding ways to improve the student experience. Her list of commitments at Webster is expansive and includes: member of the Indian Student Association and Webster Wellness Committee, treasurer of Webster Table Tennis, co- chair of the Delegates’ Agenda Committee, International Connection Leader, Graduate Senator for the Student Government Association, and volunteer with the Webster Alumni Association. In addition, Dipti started her own club, Viva the Yoga and co-founded the Graduate Student Association alongside alumna Dina Sallam’17.  She also works as a student building manager of the University Center and an office assistant at the Academic Resource Center.

Dipti with Dr. Beth Stroble, President of Webster University

Dipti’s outstanding contributions to the university and its students was formally recognized in the fall of 2017 when she received the Dean of Students Service Award for Leadership. Dipti too has benefited from her involvement, and reflects on the lessons learned: “It has been an amazing experience at Webster, I’ve connected with many people and got to understand cultural sensitivities. I thought the culture of India would be different, but there are a lot of similarities which is fascinating. We are all the same, it’s just the languages that are different.”

Dipti accepts her Association of Certified Fraud Examiners scholarship award from Professor Rich Dippel.

Dipti has earned distinction as a well-rounded student, with noteworthy academic achievements in addition to her student leadership. The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners sponsored a competitive scholarship for Forensic Accounting Students. Dipti’s credentials made her the clear choice to receive the scholarship. Rich Dippel, her professor, awarded her the scholarship at a Walker School event earlier this year. He said, “Dipti has always been a great student, academically excelling at any project, assignment or goal she takes on.” Dipti plans to use the scholarship to help complete her examinations to become a Certified Fraud Examiner.

With almost 8 years of work experience and a Forensic Accounting degree under her belt, Dipti’s dream of becoming a Certified Fraud Investigator is closer than ever. While the job market is open, she anticipates difficulties with immigration, or relocating to places like Washington DC or New York. However, she is determined to achieve her goals.

Based on her own experiences, Dipti offers advice to other international students:  “I noticed that if you come here from another country, if you are willing to learn something new, just be opened minded and try to understand the cultural differences that we have. Some things we misunderstand, and ego issues comes up. Try to be yourself and make sure that your intention is not to harm something. Be yourself and enjoy the experience of coming to a foreign country and studying new things.”

She also offered her thanks: “I would like to thank my family, friends and work buddies around the globe to make Webster a memorable experience to cherish for lifetime!”

Student Spotlight: Q&A with Mason Stevens

On March 27, 2018, in Student Profile, by Walker News

Q: Tell me more about your experience taking the Walker EDGE course (WSBT 2000: Career Exploration for Professional Success)

A: I took the Walker EDGE course, taught by Francesca Henderson, as a senior. I wish I would have taken it as a sophomore to professionally develop sooner. It was amazing. I learned so much, from writing cover letters, to prepping my resume, to how to interview. I also nailed down my 30 second elevator pitch and learned how to best present myself. There was a panel with various professionals, so that we could understand the paths that they took to get to where they are. Some professionals on the panel talked about how it was okay to not know specifically what you want to do out of college and how they eventually found out what they wanted to do. More people need to be in this class. It should be required, it’s one of my best business courses, perhaps my favorite. Francesca is really passionate about young peoples’ professional development and her attitude is contagious.

 

Q: How did you get an internship at Liberty Mutual?

2018 Walker EDGE Internship Fair

A: I went to the 2017 Walker Edge Internship Fair knowing I was interested in insurance. Liberty Mutual was at the Fair, so I talked to Mel, the company’s representative and Branch Manager. We had a good conversation. Since the company was a Fortune 100 and one of the country’s biggest insurers, I knew it would be a great opportunity to work for them so I decide to apply. Liberty called me for an interview, and in the afternoon following the interview, I was called with an internship offer. That was pretty exciting. I started that May on a 12-week program, knowing that if I met expectations, I would be able to continue the position throughout the school year. During the internship, I went to Boston for a week on a Senior Forum where interns get to learn more about the company and network. The internship was going really well so I continued it through December. Then, I was asked to work full-time for Liberty Mutual as a sales agent upon my graduation. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, but I was sure that I loved the work environment and saw growth opportunity, so I accepted.

 

Q: What’s it like working for Liberty?

A: Liberty treats their employees so well. Every month corporate sends out motivational emails and in general, are big advocates for keeping their employees happy. They offer good benefits, from education to healthcare, and provide intensive training. A sales agent trains for 16 weeks before going off on their own. The environment is team-oriented even though it operates with individual sales. We are a cohesive team, and my co-works are always helpful, generous and fun to be around.

 

Q: What is your Webster Story?

A: I am from California, and grew up as a military brat, going to three different elementary, middle, and high schools. I graduated in Dixon Missouri, close to Rolla. I made way to Webster University because I was recruited for track and soccer. I was only aiming to play soccer, but the track coach recruited me too.

I came to campus for a visit and loved the small environment. The coaches, Nick Niehaus and Dan Graber were great too, so I committed. When I started, I didn’t know what I wanted to study. I thought about being a physical therapist, so I could be involved with sports, but biology was way too hard for me. I changed my mind within the first three weeks and decided to study business administration. I knew I could find something in that field, my parents owned businesses, and I too thought I could be an entrepreneur someday. Switching to a business track was a great thing for me.

I started my freshman year playing soccer and track. Then, I needed to leave Webster University for a year due to financial reasons. I transferred back in with an associated from community college. From that point, I focused completely on track. I am now a decathlete and train twice a day. I serve as a representative from the Mens Track and Field team on the Student Athletic Committee SAC. I also represent SAC on the university student committee that allocates the student activity fee budget for student departments and organizations.

Q: What’s you advice to current and future Walker Students:

A: Take the Walker EDGE course.

Don’t take school for granted, work hard, it’s your future. When I was a young, I didn’t really care about school, but soon learned the impact that actions have on your future. Just take the Walker EDGE course to understand what I mean, really.

  • Go to the internship fair, as early as sophomore year. Some internships require other internship experience. In fact, I was turned down for one internship for not having enough experience.
  • Know that good grades are important. It’s important to get a taste for the real world.
  • Have a goal but before you even meet that goal, have another goal set.
  • Get a mentor. Having a support system is helpful, even if it’s your roommate for example. Find someone who will push you.

 

Mason says he is excited for the future, and on behalf of the Walker School of Business & Technology, were excited for his future too.

Senior BA in Management with Emphasis in Marketing students and faculty.

Senior BA in Management with Emphasis in Marketing students and faculty.

Dr. David J. Brennan, Professor of Marketing, Dr. Eric Rhiney, Assistant Professor of Marketing, and Dr. Donna Cartwright, Adjunct Professor of Marketing and several Webster University seniors (Katie Fields, Hailey Hogan, Rachel Mencel, Drew O’Brien, Zac Smercina, Sydney Tedesco and Madison Watts) from the Webster University School of Business and Technology marketing program attended the 57th Annual AMA Student Marketing Conference.  The conference, sponsored by the St. Louis chapter of the American Marketing Association, was held in St. Louis on February 16, 2018. The conference featured presentations by several regional marketing professionals. These professionals discussed their marketing jobs and careers.  They also emphasized the knowledge and skills that graduating marketing students would need to be successful in career positions in the marketing field.  In the afternoon the conference provided a visit and tour of several St. Louis advertising agencies.

Dr. Donna Cartwright, Dr. Eric Rhiney, Rachel Mencel, Outstanding Undergraduate Marketing Student from Webster University, and Dr. David Brennan.

Dr. Donna Cartwright, Dr. Eric Rhiney, Outstanding Undergraduate Marketing Student from Webster University Rachel Mencel, and Dr. David Brennan.

At the conference Rachel Mencel, a graduating marketing senior, was recognized as the Outstanding Undergraduate Marketing Student from Webster University for 2017/18.  This award was given for her superior academic achievements in the undergraduate marketing program at Webster University.

Rachel is a student from Colchester, Illinois who has spent her university years at Webster University in St. Louis including a study abroad in Vienna.  She will complete her Bachelor of Arts in Management with an Emphasis in Marketing with a second major in Advertising/Marketing Communications in May 2018.  Rachel was selected as Webster’s Outstanding Undergraduate Marketing Student due to her high academic achievements – an overall high GPA and high grades in her Marketing courses – and her many extra-curricular activities.  She is currently interning at the Fabulous Fox Theater as a Marketing intern and at the Stray Rescue non-profit as a Social Media and Marketing intern.  She is also very active in student and professional organizations at Webster as well as with collegiate and private volleyball teams.

The award was announced at the 57th Annual Student Marketing Conference held in St. Louis, Missouri on February 16, 2018. The annual conference is sponsored by the St. Louis chapter of the American Marketing Association.

It is a distinct honor to be selected as Webster University’s Outstanding Undergraduate Marketing Student for 2017/18.  Rachel is an outstanding marketing student with proven academic excellence, interesting intern experiences and notable extra-curricular activities. We congratulate Rachel and wish her all the best in her marketing career.

4th Annual Walker EDGE Internship Fair

On February 7, 2018, in Career Insight, Uncategorized, by Walker News

The annual Walker EDGE Internship Fair took place on February 1st, in the East Academic Building’s Edward Jones Commons. Over fifty students took advantage of the opportunity to speak with recruiters to find potential employment matches and to gain experience with career/internship fairs. The companies in attendance represent a variety of industries giving students the ability to explore an internship in their career field and one that fits their desired company structure and culture.

Walker EDGE Strength Stickers

Walker EDGE Strength Stickers

Strength stickers were provided for students and recruiters to wear, as a creative and fun way to identify professional skills, engage in conversation and to facilitate networking. Sticker examples included: “Takes Initiative,” “Creative Problem Solver,” “Calm under Pressure,’ and “Ultra Hacker.”

The Career Planning & Development Center and Walker EDGE Office worked together to co-sponsor a successful day of outside-of-the- classroom learning that is essential for students’ professional development.

Walker EDGE Internship Fair 2018

Students going through the interview process for internships are encouraged to check out the Career Planning & Development resources, including mock interviews, resume tips and more. Drop-in Career Advising is also available on 1st & 3rd Wednesdays from noon to 2:00 p.m. in the EAB Edward Jones Commons.

Students who were unable to attend the fair or who wish to explore additional internships are encouraged to visit  Gorlok Career Link.

Thank you to all of the companies who attended:

Kennedy Capital Management

New Honor Society

Urban Harvest

Enterprise Holdings

Northwestern Mutual

HireLevel

Abstrakt Marketing

Cass Information Systems

Liberty Mutual

MTM

Cushman & Wakefield

Menards

Advanced Technology Group

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Webster Receives $7500 for Cybersecurity Scholarships

On January 10, 2018, in In the News, by Walker News
Webster University receives check from Gateway 2 CyberCity

Left to right: Eric Gorham, CIO, REJIS; Kay Barnes, Development Director and Paul Fraizer, Cybersecurity Program Lead, Webster University Walker School of Business & Technology; David Kocs, Principal, TDK Technologies; Jim Alexander, Sr. VP. Economic Development and Len Reynolds, Director Financial Services, St. Louis Regional Chamber.

On Wednesday, January 3, Webster University received a $7500 check from Gateway 2 Cybercity.  The ceremony was held at the One Metropolitan Building, St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce Offices with Paul Frazier, Cybersecurity Program Lead and Kay Barnes, Development Director representing Webster and the Walker School.

The funding came from proceeds from the 2017 Gateway 2 CyberCity annual event held on November 2, 2017 at America’s Center. The event attracted over 350 cybersecurity professionals, students and entrepreneurs from across the country and featured leading presentations and discussions on critical cyber security threats and best practices. The one-day conference was organized by the St. Louis Regional Chamber, the Security Advisor Alliance, the Society for Information Management (St. Louis Chapter), and the St. Louis Chief Information Officer Board. Frazier and Dr. James Curtis from the Walker School have been involved in this effort and are conference presenters. The 2018 conference is scheduled for November 1 at the America’s Center.

G2C has made it a priority to give back to the community.  100% of proceeds from the conference are distributed to community outreach programs focused on growing the region’s Information Technology industry. Community organizations include: Entrepreneurial Start-Ups, STEM Initiatives, Scholarships, Technology for Kids and Career Days. In 2016, $5000 was awarded.  That amount increased to $30,000 in 2017, including the award granted to Webster. The funding will be used to provide scholarships that will be distributed annually beginning in 2018.

The Walker School of Business & Technology at Webster offers an MS in Cybersecurity, a BS in Computer Science with Emphasis in Cybersecurity and a graduate certificate in Cybersecurity Threat Detection.

Staff Spotlight: Marcie Schumert

On November 29, 2017, in Career Insight, Staff Profile, by Walker News

Marcie Schumert, Asst. Director Career Development

Marcie Schumert is Assistant Director for Career Development in the Webster University Career Planning & Development Center. Marcie works closely with all Walker School students, providing guidance and advice related to career management, job search techniques, interview skills and more. She is available to meet via appointment or during her drop-in hours in the EAB Edward Jones Commons on Wednesdays from 12:00 to 2:00 pm.

Q: What are your hobbies?

A: The hobby I spend the most time on is running. I enjoy training for and running races ranging from 5k’s to marathons. I just completed the Chicago Marathon in October! The thing I like most about running is that I get out what I put in – the better I train, the better I race!

Q: What would you tell a student who doesn’t know what they should do after college?

A: I encourage students who are unsure about the future to take small actions to make connections and gain experience. For example: conduct an informational interview with someone working in a field of interest, attend a career/internship fair to meet new employers and learn about opportunities, learn something new through a Webster course or a Lynda.com tutorial, or take career assessments through the Career Planning & Development Center to receive some objective information on possibilities.

Q: What key advice to you give students before an interview?

A:Know your audience. In other words, do your research on the employer and reflect on how your knowledge and experiences align with their needs. Resources like the company website, certain Library databases, LinkedIn, and Glassdoor are useful to learn about the company’s products/services, strengths, opportunities, and approach to interviewing. When you understand your audience, you can more confidently offer clear examples of how you will contribute your knowledge and skills. Plus, the research will help you develop questions you want to ask the interviewer, which is essential to demonstrate your curiosity and interest.

Q: Anything else about you that is interesting?

A: Practice interviews with students are my favorite type of appointment! Practice interviews offer students a chance to run through a mock interview and develop interviewing skills. Yes, they can be nerve-wracking; however, they’re great learning experiences. What I love about practice interviews is the opportunity to hear our students’ stories and learn about their experiences in more depth. Every student’s path is unique and a practice interview just might be the step that helps the student obtain an internship or job offer to take that path further or in a new direction.